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About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and...  (More)

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Where's Roz?

Uploaded: Jun 6, 2016
Some of my readers might be wondering where I've been. I haven't posted a new blog in almost three weeks. Well I sold my house and moved to Villa San Ramon, which is a very nice senior retirement place. I have a small, but comfortable, one-bedroom apartment on the first floor. It has a small kitchen, which is quite complete even though they serve three meals a day in the Dining Room. Two meals are included in the monthly rent.

The rent is high, especially since I didn't qualify for the subsidized rent. This is a very upscale place. It's well-run and convenient to everything I already do in San Ramon. For some strange reason I feel like I moved much further away than a mile from my house. It feels like a completely different city.

I tried riding my tricycle over to the Walmart Shopping Center today. I got a block past the Fire Station on Alcosta Blvd. and gave up. The trike is easy to ride but I had a phone installer coming in the afternoon, so I had to go back.

The phone guy put in a land line with my old home phone number and a DSL for my computer. Now I can write and send my blog from my apartment instead of having to go to the computer room at the Villa. There's only one computer there and it is still running Windows XP.

I may be one of the younger people here. I'm only 73, which is young for a place like this. My mother moved into a similar place in Maine 17 years ago when she was 83. My brother phoned this afternoon to tell me that mother found a lump in her breast. Her Doctor recommends doing nothing because at her age surgery could be too risky. I agreed. Mother turned 100 in January.

I haven't hooked up my TV yet. When I lived at home I used to stay up watching late night talk shows and sleep until noon. Now I go to be early and wake up for breakfast in the dining room at 8 am.

There's a lot of walking here and almost everyone uses a rollator, one of those 4 wheeled walkers with a seat. My old silver hooped walker isn't smooth enough for the long corridors so I ordered a rollator from the Community Care Pharmacy. It came today and it's like a Cadillac next to my old-fashioned walker.

I remember when my Grandmother was in a nursing home. She hated it. Those places were terrible 60 years ago. This place is like a 5 star hotel. With the baby-boomer generation moving into their senior years, services for us old folks keep getting better and better.
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Posted by Bill, a resident of Pleasanton Heights,
on Jun 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm

My grandmother stayed at Villa San Ramon for quite a few years, and just loved it. Very nice place! Congratulations on your new home!

Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on Jun 8, 2016 at 1:35 pm

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Congratulations Roz! It sounds really nice, I hope you'll be very happy there. I was so sorry to read about your mother. My thoughts are with you and her. Take care.

Posted by MLO, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 9, 2016 at 10:17 am

Congratulations on your new Digs, Roz. I'm glad you didn't have to wait too long for your apartment; I know there used to be a long waiting list. I know you will enjoy your life there.

Posted by Rhel, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jun 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm

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What is the situation with your cats? Did they allow you to keep three of them?

Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 12, 2016 at 7:48 pm

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I still have two cats. The other two are up for adoption at the Petco in Castro Valley. Nanette graciously took Beulah, the frisky black one, and Molly, the big silver tabby, just before I moved to the Villa. She put them up for adoption at the Castro Valley Petco because it is air conditioned, so Molly won't get her asthma attacks.


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